Scandinavian mythology makes for a visceral fantastical drama on the mystery of identity in this adaptation of a story by Let the Right One In writer John Ajvide Lindqvist.
“An eccentric, oddly-touching and genre-bending fairy tale … prepare yourself for something romantic, subversive and unpredictable.” – Jordan Ruimy, Playlist
Winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard award, director Ali Abbasi’s twisty fairy tale centers on a customs inspector, Tina (Eva Melander), born with a facial “disfiguration,” a strange scar on her tailbone, and the ability to sense or smell how people feel. She’s especially adept at detecting fear or unease. These skills make her invaluable as a border guard, as she has the uncanny ability to sniff out contraband and moral corruption. Her findings lead her into a troubling criminal investigation, and then there’s the suspicious Vore (Eero Milonoff), who shares physical traits with Tina and a cocksure attitude that suggests he knows things Tina doesn’t, knowledge that may disrupt her life completely. But the heart of Border lies with Tina, who tires of her deadbeat roommate and experiences a full-bodied awakening like little else seen on screen. (Dir. by Ali Abbasi, 2018, Sweden/Denmark, in Swedish with English subtitles, 110 mins., Rated R)